Monday, July 28, 2014

{Think Outside the Toy Box} Milk Jugs: DIY Bathtub Scoop

Well here we are: the 10th and final week of the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Fun Series! Thank you all so much for your support and participation through the last 9 weeks! I can honestly say that this was more than just blog series; I was able to link up with some really amazing ladies, spend real quality time with my son, get my creative juices flowing, and step-up my blogging game. We have had so much fun every week with messy experiments, painting crafts, and race track play. I'm hoping we can do this again next summer! But for now, enjoy our last project in this series!

If you are here for the first time or want to check out all the details again, take a look at the post introducing the Think Outside the Toy Box summer fun series. Also if you have missed any previous weeks, here are the projects we have done so far:
Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling (and bath)
Plastic Bottle Waterfall
Astronaut/Alien Costume
 Foamy Bathtub Paint
Edible Sensory Bin
Marble Drop/Race
 Shredded Crayon Canvas Art

Painted Puzzle Wall Art 
Paper Cup Race Track

Now on to this week's fun with:


When I was planning out all the different project for this series, I had initially wanted to use the milk jugs make planters because Myles was really into plants and dirt of course. Then I thought about doing a a bird feeder because Myles loves when we have birds in our yard and always chases them away. But I still kept my mind open to come up with something different/uncommon. I came across this pin and thought I could give it a try but with a little variation. So I made a:

  Shark Bathtub Scoop

What You Will Need: 

1 plastic milk jug
Scissors/X-acto knife
Glue gun (optional)


1. Rinse the milk jug out and let it dry. Hold the jug with the handle up and draw the teeth with the marker. I should have made it more into a scoop shape with the bottom middle being higher than the sides. Cut up the sides further as well.

2. Using the X-acto knife, cut a slit into the handle. Cut a triangle out of the bottom piece of the milk jug that you cut out earlier. Place the triangle into the slit. I used the glue gun to secure it in place, but it isn't necessary. 
3. Use the markers to make the shark face. I drew eyes, the nose, nose slits, and outlined the teeth. I also added some blood (red marker) for a little dramatic affect! Let the marker and glue dry for about 15 minutes before using.

 4. Play! We used this in our water table for picture purposes, but it would be perfect for the bathtub. We also used it to water the plants!

  I am so sad that this is the last Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Fun Series post. Thanks again so much for all of your support and encouragement through this whole series!  I loved sharing with all of you and hope you found some inspiration as well!
 Don't forget to check out what all of the other ladies put together for this week's item in the link-up below. And if you have a post (new or old) that you created showcasing milk jugs in a kid's project, craft, game, experiment, etc., submit it below as well.


  1. Thanks love! I wish it would have been more of a scoop, but I only had one milk jug to work with so that was my only try at it! Myles still loved it though, running around yelling about it being a shark!

  2. That's awesome! Nicholas would love playing with something like that either in the bathtub or the pool :)

  3. Desiree @ Macke MonologuesJuly 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    HA! What an awesome idea! This would be awesome in our little pool, or even the tub! So much creativity. I love it.

  4. THIS IS SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!! I love your version so much better than the pin!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Sooooo stinkin cute, I've loved all that you've come up with, you're so creative! My boys would absolutely love this and think it was the coolest thing!

  6. Thanks love :) Myles thought the shark part was pretty cool!

  7. Yes Myles loved the shark part but it wasn't really a scoop. I should have cut it a little differently but it was a hit for a while!

  8. Myles loved that it was a shark! He kept yelling shark but it ended up not really being a scoop bc I cut too much off. But it was still cool bc it was something different!

  9. Thanks! I knew Myles would like a shark better and I liked the way it turned out looking but it wasn't very practical. I cut too much off of the jug so it wasn't really a scoop lol. ah well he still thought it was cool!

  10. Thanks so much for checking out the series! It sure has been fun trying all this stuff out and testing my creativity! I knew the shark would be a hit with my son. He really likes sharks.. like most boys I'm sure! I love having a boy.. I bet two is even more ;)

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